Lightning’s improbable win streak has them close to improbably good start.
Jonas Johansson allowed four goals on 26 shots for the (sweet sweet goal support subsidized) win.
6:39 TB Jeannot (4), (Motte, Eyssimont)
9:55 BOS Zacha (7), (Pastrnak, Marchand)
19:30 TB Paul (8), (Sergachev, Stamkos)(PP)
6:26 BOS Pastrnak (12), (Lohrei, McAvoy)
7:47 BOS Beecher (2), (Heinen)
8:44 TB Watson (1), (Cirelli, Perbix)
16:09 BOS Coyle (6), (Van Riemsdyk)
19:55 TB Stamkos (7), (Kucherov, Hagel)
1:19 TB Hagel (9), (Hedman, Point)
Brandon Hagel and Mikey Eyssimont were the game’s first and second stars.
I was skeptical at the notion that the Oilers win was a turning point of the season, but they really dominated one of the better teams in the league tonight and probably deserved to win by a much healthier margin than they did. They outshot Boston 46-26. Moneypuck had expected goals about 4:2 Tampa Bay in regulation. They deserved it and they stuck with it, and they eventually got it. And they got it in an OT where the exorcized demons by winning two faceoffs and had all the possession before scoring the GWG.
The Lightning now sit on 22 points through 19 games. One more point clinches a successful second 10-game segment of the campaign. Even better, a win in game 20 and the Lightning will be exactly on minimum playoff pace with Andrei Vasilevskiy slated to return very soon. As dire as the situation looked less than two weeks ago, this feels like an early Christmas miracle.
Darren Raddysh was -1 with 4 shots in 16:22.
Cole Koepke had 1 shot and 1 hit in 6:24.